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Injunctions for Protection in Pinellas County, FL

If you were served with an injunction for protection in Pinellas County involving false allegations of domestic violence, dating violence, stalking or repeat violence, then you have come to the right place. The attorneys at the Sammis Law Firm represent the respondent who is served with such a petition for a protective order (sometimes called an "injunction").

The attorneys at Sammis Law Firm can help you fight false or exaggerated allegations at the return hearing. Contact us to find out how we can ask for a continuance at the return hearing so that we have enough time to be adequately prepared.

We can also move to take the deposition of the petitioner who is asking for the injunction. At the deposition, we can ask the petitioner questions about the allegations. We can also subpoena telephone records or other documents that show the accusations are false or exaggerated.

Attorneys for Injunctions for Protection in Pinellas County, FL

An injunction can impact your ability to find a job or get a promotion, secure housing, attend college, or possess a firearm. You should fight the injunction if the allegations are false or exaggerated.

In many of these cases, the petition is being used as a tool to manipulate you or the Judicial System, to improperly gain access to property, or to unfairly manipulate issues of child custody or spousal support. In some cases, the petitioner does not  have a genuine and well-founded fear of continued violence or abuse. 

Call our experienced attorneys who fight injunctions for protection against domestic violence, dating violence, repeat violence or stalking in Clearwater and St. Petersburg in Pinellas County, FL. Our attorneys fight domestic violence cases in Pinellas County.

If you would like to discuss your case with a lawyer experienced in helping respondents during hearings on a petition for an injunction for protection, then call 813-250-0500 today.



Types of Protective Orders in Pinellas County, FL

Florida law provides for five different types of protective orders that can be issued by the court including:

An Injunction for Protection (often called a "restraining order"), is a Civil Court Order that places restrictions on a person who has allegedly committed acts or made threats of violence against another person as defined in Florida statutes.


Where are the Petition for Protection Filed in Pinellas County?

In Pinellas County, a Petition for Protection may be filed at one of the three (3) Pinellas County Clerk's Office locations including:

ST. PETERSBURG BRANCH OFFICE
545 First Avenue North, Room 101
St. Petersburg, FL 33701

PINELLAS COUNTY JUSTICE CENTER
14250 49th Street North
Clearwater, FL 33762

CIVIL COURT RECORDS
315 Court Street, Room 170
Clearwater, FL 33756

The petition must be filed on Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., excluding holidays. to file a petition in Pinellas County after 4:00 p.m. contact The HAVEN in Clearwater at (727) 442-4128 or C.A.S.A. (Community Action Stops Abuse) in St. Petersburg at (727) 895-4912.


Statistics on Injunctions for Protection in Pinellas County, FL

According to the 2017 Performance Review Report from the Sixth Judicial Circuit, case managers in the Sixth Judicial Circuit in and for Pasco County, FL, maximize the efficient use of court resources. Case managers play a role in protective order injunction hearings.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE RETURN HEARING STATISTICS FOR PINELLAS ONLY.

  • TOTAL DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CASES - 2,247
  • FINAL JUDGMENT OF INJUNCTION GRANTED - 848
  • REFERRALS TO GENERAL MAGISTRATE - 189
  • FIRST COMPLIANCE HEARINGS SET - 440

TOTAL DATING VIOLENCE INJUNCTIONS (PINELLAS ONLY) - 212

  • FINAL JUDGMENT OF INJUNCTION GRANTED - 75
  • REFERRALS TO GENERAL MAGISTRATE - 0
  • FIRST COMPLIANCE HEARINGS SET - 34

TOTAL SEXUAL VIOLENCE INJUNCTIONS (PINELLAS ONLY) - 57

  • FINAL JUDGMENT OF INJUNCTION GRANTED - 34
  • REFERRALS TO GENERAL MAGISTRATE - 0
  • FIRST COMPLIANCE HEARINGS SET - 12

TOTAL REPEAT VIOLENCE INJUNCTIONS (PINELLAS ONLY) - 203

  • FINAL JUDGMENT OF INJUNCTION GRANTED - 70
  • REFERRALS TO GENERAL MAGISTRATE - 0
  • FIRST COMPLIANCE HEARINGS SET - 39

TOTAL STALKING INJUNCTIONS (PINELLAS ONLY) - 1,027

  • FINAL JUDGMENT OF INJUNCTION GRANTED - 348
  • REFERRALS TO GENERAL MAGISTRATE - 0
  • FIRST COMPLIANCE HEARINGS SET - 136

Additional Resources

Injunctions for Restraining Orders in Pinellas County - Visit the website of the Clerk of Circuit Court in Pinellas County to find helpful information about injunctions for protection in Pinellas County. Find out more about the five different types of injunctions, contempt of an injunction, and ways to modify an injunction. Find an informative video on how to file an injunction for protection and develop a safety plan.

Domestic Violence Injunctions in the Sixth Judicial Circuit - Visit the website of the Sixth Judicial Circuit for Pinellas and Pasco County to learn more about legal protections from domestic violence. Find the definition for the phrase “petition for domestic violence injunction.” Watch a video about the effects of exposure to domestic violence on babies and children. This website explains how to file an injunction in Clearwater or St. Petersburg, FL, as well as the sample forms that need to be used. From the clerk's office website, you can lookup information about restraining orders issued in Florida as well as other types of court records issued at the courthouse.


Finding a Lawyer for a Restraining Order in Pinellas County, FL

Call today for a consultation to find out more about how to fight these cases, including fighting an injunction for protection on jurisdictional grounds.

Whether you were accused of domestic violence, dating violence, repeat violence, sexual violence or stalking, we can help. We also represent clients charged with violation of an injunction for protection through the Sixth Judicial Circuit in and for Pinellas County, FL, including in St. Petersburg and Clearwater.

Call 813-250-0500.


This article was last updated on Monday, August 20, 2018.